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The Beasts' Carnival (1980)
"El carnaval de las bestias" (original title)

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A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanease ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Naschy ...
Bruno Rivera
Eiko Nagashima ...
Mieko
Lautaro Murúa ...
Don Simón
Silvia Aguilar ...
Mónica
Azucena Hernández ...
Alicia
Kogi Maritugu ...
Taro (as Kogi Maritugu)
Roxana Dupre ...
Raquel (as Roxana Dipre)
Pepe Ruiz ...
Don Serafín
Paloma Hurtado ...
Woman dressed as Marie Antoinette
Luis Ciges ...
El Palanqueta
Ricardo Palacios ...
Don Carmelo, the priest
Rafael Hernández ...
Man dressed as Superman
Tito García ...
Compinche de El Palanqueta
Ramón Centenero
Alexia Loreto ...
Ramona
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A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanease assassins in hot pursuit, he takes refuge in the home of a local Doctor and his two daughters, who nurse him back to health and hide him from his pursuers, taking drastic and murderous measures to protect him, for they have plans of their own in store for their current guest. Written by Humberto Amador

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Peculiar cross-genre picture, better than expected.
14 August 2011 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

An Asian crime syndicate enlists the aid of Paul Naschy in a diamond heist, a choice they come to regret when he violently betrays them. He subsequently kills the syndicate leader, the daughter of whom he's been feigning a romantic interest. She shoots Naschy in a vengeful rage, but he escapes into the wilderness. Severely wounded with the cold hands of death upon him, he magically awakens in the personal care of an eccentric doctor and his two sexy daughters.

At this point, the film switches gears, and what began seemingly as an action/crime film gives way to a disorienting hybrid of revenge thriller, lurid sexploitation drama, and gialliesque slasher mystery. The situational goings-on are quite strange, and while the film is rather carelessly paced and atrociously dubbed, it aptly manages to hold you by the throat straight up to its bizarre summation.

This one takes some time to get the ball rolling, but once the stage is set, you may well be glad you stuck with it. All its inconsistencies aside, HUMAN BEASTS is a likable little dish of a very different flavor.

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